HeadHunt - In the News - 21st April

Service sector forms bulk of job openings in Singapore

Singapore - Approximately 23,700 jobs were created in the first quarter of this year, announced the Ministry of Manpower (MOM) recently.

However, this increase was lower than 2010 Q4’s 33,900 number and even 2010 Q1’s 36,500 number. These high figures were attributed to the economic recovery as well as the hiring spree conducted by the integrated resorts.

The bulk of newly created jobs were from the service industry, with 22,800 job vacancies. An additional 1,100 workers were needed in the construction industry.

MOM also reported that only 3,000 employees got retrenched or made redundant, lower than 2010 Q4’s figure of 3,190. More than half of the redundancies came from the manufacturing, followed by the services industry.

Employee training in Singapore to be strengthened in the future

Singapore - The government will provide more support for employers looking to train their employees from all levels. This measure stems from the government’s push towards raising productivity and growing the incomes of Singaporeans.

Speaking at the MOM Workplan Seminar recently, Manpower Minister Gan Kim Yong said the government will plan to strengthen the Continuing Education and Training (CET) infrastructure, comprising of two upcoming campuses built in Paya Lebar and Jurong Lake district. The campuses are aimed at providing 150,000 training places and can train up to 50,000 workers annually.

The government hopes that these training facilities will enable Singaporeans to remain employed. Secretary-General of the National Trade Union Congress, Lim Swee Say, said: “We want our workforce to be more inclusive, so that not just young, but also old."

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